Cattle Artificial Insemination School is Oct. 19-21 in Belle Valley
BELLE VALLEY, Ohio - Artificial insemination and estrous synchronization are key to increasing the efficiency and success of beef cattle operations. Producers can learn about these two techniques at this year's Cattle Artificial Insemination (A.I.) School, Oct. 19-21 in Noble County.
The three-day educational event will be held at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's (OARDC) Eastern Agricultural Research Station, located at 16870 Township Road 126 near Belle Valley, Ohio.
Registration with payment is required by Oct. 14. Cost is $75 and includes program materials and lunch. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.
Sponsored by OARDC and Ohio State University Extension, the program begins on Monday, Oct. 19, with a class session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mike Day, of Ohio State's Department of Animal Sciences, will cover reproductive tract anatomy and physiology as well as estrous synchronization.
Basic A.I. instruction will be covered on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Presenters include OSU Extension agricultural and natural resources educators Mark Landefeld and Clif Little, and Carol Wheeler, OSU Extension emeritus.
Cattle A.I. will be discussed on the final day of the school, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., by Little, Wheeler and John Groah, DVM, McConnelsville, Ohio.
"By using the techniques learned at A.I. School, a cattle producer will be able to introduce improved production traits and increased performance," Little said. "Farmers even tell us, because of the training they received, they are able to utilize A.I. on their own farms and introduce improved genetics."
Registrants will be notified when they are accepted into the class. Registration money is non-refundable. Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
To get to the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, take exit 28 off Interstate 77, turn south on State Route 821, turn left (east) on State Route 215, go approximately one mile and turn right onto Band Ridge Road (Township Road 126). The research farm is on the right. Signs will be posted.
For more information or to register, contact Little at 740-432-9300, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kaye Clay at the OSU Extension Guernsey County office at 740-489-5300, email@example.com.
OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Clif Little, OSU Extension